Flora Lazar, PhD., LCSW
If you have gotten to this point, you most likely know something could be going better for you. Maybe you are feeling anxious or depressed about making changes in your life. After nearly two decades helping large organizations in the non-profit world make the changes they needed to feel more effective, I decided to help individuals because I think change is an enriching part of life. I like helping people overcome concerns that keep them from embracing change. Maybe you have been home with your children and are anxious about redefining yourself professionally. Perhaps your professional life or relationships do not feel satisfying but you’re not sure why. Maybe you have a teenager who suddenly refuses to go to school. Using supportive exploration, I will work with you to understand why you feel stuck and unable to move forward. As a social worker, I pay particular attention to the communities and cultures you live in, and I especially enjoy working with the special challenges faced by immigrant families.
My clinical background is in social work but before turning to clinical work, I spent two decades in the research and public policy arena focused on special education and the needs of youth and families involved in the public human services systems. At Chapin Hall/University of Chicago, I worked with educators, policymakers, and service providers around the country to use research to improve the well-being of youth involved in the child welfare, juvenile justice and other public human services systems. I have been especially passionate about the issue of bullying in schools and co-founded Operation Respect, a national non-profit addressing the problem of bullying in K-12 education. I have completed training in LGBTQ affirmative, trauma informed, and multicultural practice. I was a Fellow at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, hold an M.S.W. from the University of Chicago, a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Harvard College.
Recent Publications & Presentations
“The Chicago Experiment: Social Science, Philanthropy, and the Founding of the Chicago Institute” presented at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute (2019)
“Redefining Safety: Trauma on Campus and in the Consulting Room,” Paper presentation for the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy” (2018)
“School Refusal: How to Recognize and What to Do about It,” Presentation to Transitions Action Network for Mental Health, Niles, IL (2018)
“How Self-object Experiences Promote Mastery: What Psychoanalysis Can Learn From Pastry Chefs and their Mentors,” (Pre-conference presentation with Bruce Herzog at annual meeting of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology) (2017)
“Shed Your ‘Neutrality’: A Plea for Psychoanalytic Activism,” Huffington Post (2017)
Related Professional Activities
Member, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis Board of Directors
Editor, Chicago Psychoanalytic Society News
Program & Executive Committee, Chicago Psychoanalytic Society
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